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I'm packed and ready to head out, just arranging the panniers, chucking out half of what I 'think' I might need, and pulling on the rain togs as the sky looks decidedly dark out over Mt Rainier and towards Mt St Helens (the big one that blew back in '80), my intended route for the first coupla hours. I've got five days to ride down in to the Oregon high desert country. I wish I had my K to ride, but the R1150RT will have to do. There's an annual local Oregon club gathering, which I've not been to since about '06, called the Chief Joseph rally near the John Day fossil beds. The sun is forecast to be out after today. I've not had a scheduled day off except for a rare Saturday back in February. I'm due.

Pictures to follow.
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have fun mate !


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If you stop in at the John Day Polaris dealer thank them again for bailing me out on my battery that pooched out. You may remember the very same battery TWB, from last Aug. It had a sudden epic failure as I passed through John Day. "Rusty" at the petrol station gave me a jump start from his massive yellow 4X4 and directed me to the Polaris boys. The battery is conveniently located under the fuel tank behind the Tupperware... They took one look and pointed to the toolbox and said, "let us know when you have the battery out".


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Have a great ride mate. Love Oregon I was over there a couple of years ago the people are wonderful.

    

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Oh, ya. The Joseph run. Hours and hours in the desert before reaching . . . the Swiss Alps! Fun, fun.



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You should make the trip AJ......might get the long distance award.......but I suppose not.........some silly bloke from Key west will probably beat you out of that.

    

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@club_c wrote:If you stop in at the John Day Polaris dealer thank them again for bailing me out on my battery that pooched out. You may remember the very same battery TWB, from last Aug. It had a sudden epic failure as I passed through John Day. "Rusty" at the petrol station gave me a jump start from his massive yellow 4X4 and directed me to the Polaris boys. The battery is conveniently located under the fuel tank behind the Tupperware... They took one look and pointed to the toolbox and said, "let us know when you have the battery out".


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Looking forward to reading your report on the trip, I know I am going to enjoy it.
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Clubbie, you only had to remove the left hand side fairing panel - thirteen T25 Torx screws and the two 3.5mm belly pan Allen heads - and the battery slides out from the tray after removing the two 10mm headed battery bolts and slipping the rubber strap off. Doh!

I had no time to stop at the Polaris dealer but I did see the shop as I rumbled past. This is only the fourth or fifth time I've been to the "John Day" rally over the twelve or thirteen or so years I've been coming to the Pacific "North Wet" region, and there were a mere 450 riders registered, a bit down on years past. This may be due to the fact that the "National" BMWMOA rally is to be held in Salem, Oregon in a month's time. There were a coupla dozen K bikes in various condition scattered throughout the site. On Saturday morning I was up early walking round with my camera and a cuppa while everyone slept, taking photos of them and the site.

John Day the town is named after an explorer from the Astor expedition of the early 1800s, and is nestled in a lush, green valley along the John Day river which threads through the John Day fossil beds region, with cattle grazing and ancient, weathered, very dry ridges and in the distance several thousand foot-high, snow-covered mountains (in June!) and itself sits at about 3,000 feet (915 metres) altitude. The area is dotted with thick pine forest and many deer and antelope (and elk) play there. Like many of the surrounding towns in the region there's a ranching/farming/outdoor activity lifestyle in abundance. It's a quaint cowboy town of the old and fading west. It gets into your bones. I love it.

It got down to 2c Friday night (with frost) but stayed warmer at about 10c (50f) on Saturday night. Daytime highs were 25 to 30c (86f) dependent upon where in the state I was.

I've much to write but little time, so I'll post a few piccies of the ride down, hopefully in sequence. It was a fine five day, 2000-plus mile ride with a half day of rain at the beginning and splendiferous weather the remainder. I wish I'd been able to have ridden my K100RS but it's still in a shed in Queensland - I've got my eye on a clean K1100RS at the mo' though.


Cayuse Pass, Washington


Chinook Pass rest area


Near Spray, Oregon. I stopped on a bridge in awe at this scene!


Highway 395, Oregon. 45th Parallel.


Yet another fantastic mountain pass at 5075 feet (1547 metres). The views go on for miles and my little camera phone does a pretty good job but loses the magnificence and grandeur in the distance.


Lodge pole fence (to keep the fauna from nibbling on the young Aspens) and Ponderosa pines, near Ukiah, Oregon.


Picture Gorge at dawn. Oregon.


Wind turbines near Wasco and Condon, Oregon. The last time I was through here, about six years ago, there were dozens, now there are thousands. The local (formerly struggling) ranches all have a fresh coat of paint, new pickups in the driveway, and the barns are no longer sagging...


How much hard yakka (work), love & tenderness, wild weather, drama and tragedy, and generations of littlies and oldies did this old house bear witness to?


Maryhill Museum along the mighty Columbia River on the Washington side. Google 'Sam Hill' for a story about the wealthy eccentric who created this castle and the replica (but cement) Stonehenge nearby.

Off to work now. More later. Cheers.



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@ibjman wrote:You should make the trip AJ......might get the long distance award.......but I suppose not.........some silly bloke from Key west will probably beat you out of that.

Some silly bloke from Central Florida did win the Long Distance Award, but he claimed 4700 miles. Musta been the circuitous route. Wink


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Great pics and text TWB, looking forward to the next episode.


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Great stuff, I always look forward to your words.
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@K-BIKE wrote:Great stuff, I always look forward to your words.
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Ta, K-Bike & Paul. I love riding over the Cascade mountains of eastern Washington and Oregon. There's not a lot of traffic, the roads are often relatively free of patrols, the terrain is much drier than the western parts of the two states, and the views can be amazing. If I get a mo' I'll post up some more piccies of last weekend's trip and tag them.

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looks great mate

thanks for taking us along


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@charlie99 wrote:looks great mate

thanks for taking us along

No worries, old mate. Looking forward to getting out for a burble with you in October. Meanwhile, Summer's rolling on here, just past Solstice. Should get sunny any day here now, very soon, I can feel it, just round the corner, I reckon, I hope...


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I can only guess .....lol
meanwhile it was a bit chilly heading up through the fog around fernvale - esk heading towards Hampton , and the back way to crows nest ( a nice little track that bit ).....brrrrrr
and all the usual rainy spots .
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Highway 410, just West of 14,411 ft (4,392 m) Mt Rainier (ray-NEAR), near Greenwater, Washington


Near Lake Tipsoo, going up Chinook Pass from Cayuse Pass.


The view down the American River valley along Highway 410 from Chinook Pass summit, towards Naches, Washington


The 10.00AM, mid-June sun wants to break through atop snow-covered Chinook Pass


Your humble host takes a 'selfie' break atop Chinook Pass. Aussies and 5 metre-high snowbanks somehow just don't add up.


A`'Point of Interest' sign overlooking the valley below Horse Heaven Hills, near Prosser, Washington


Out of the Cascade Mountains and on to the high plains. Highway 221 above the fertile fruit, wine and veg-producing region around the Yakima Valley of Washington


On the first day's ride it was hard to escape marauding downpours rolling in from the West, above the Columbia River Valley near Columbia Crest Winery


The town of Heppner, Oregon, where I stayed the first night out, considers itself lucky as seen in the foreground painted on the street.


Heavy, dark clouds and further impending rain made the quaint Northwestern Motel in Heppner my first night's stopover.


Friendly people, pickups, guns and Jaysus reign here. Gideon checked out, and left some reading material, no doubt, to help with a good rider's revival.


Willow Creek Dam & Res, near Heppner, Oregon


A rider can average a decent clip out here on these roads, most of which are well-paved and smooth. I rode often at 65 to 80 mph where the posted limit was 55 mph, and still achieved 46-48 MPG (US gallon = 4 quarts/litres). Premium fuel, sometimes without ethanol, is readily available. I saw few coppers.


Open range and rolling farm and grazing lands means livestock, deer, elk and antelope at any moment. I saw heaps but ever alert, never made contact. I did spot a great bald eagle sitting in a dying cottonwood tree along the banks of the creek, focusing on prey below.


Rolling along out of the Cutforth Forest on NF53 towards Ukiah, Oregon


The 'Antler Inn', off Highway 395 in Ukiah, Oregon


Splendid isolation in North-Central Oregon, on a summit of about 4500 feet, over three hours from a city of any size.


My numbers came up...


A mid-day break under sunny, warm skies of about 30c degrees (86f) saw me sit down with a frosty glass, chips and salsa and a plate of chiles rellenos (literally, re-stuffed chilis) but they were made by a young Mexicano for the average gringo's taste buds and were simply chiles (only spelt with one L otherwise it wouldn't be pronounced 'chili') with a simple egg omelet over them, and zero spice - nothing 'stuffed' about it. I've eaten my fair share of autentica comida Mexicana over the years and have developed a taste for the real stuff. The Negra Modelo cut through, however.

Meanwhile, next day at the rally site...

Aeroflow windscreen with NACA duct on a very clean K100RS


Black K-RS with a very cool homemade windscreen spoiler and adjustable bracketry for various travel farkles. See next piccie too.


The benefits of access to a lathe...?


For sale, clean, low miles, USD$3750!


Sweet li'l K75RT


K75 standard with touring 'screen


K75S


A tidy LT...


...with trailer.


US bike rallies get all manner of bikes and people. These folk rode in with a standard poodle aboard, on two funky Katooms.


Saturday morning, at about 6.00AM, 2c degrees and it would rise to 30c (86f) during the arvo. About 450 riders attended, this is just one corner of the site.


The John Day River looking East at dawn on Sunday at the beginning of the ride back towards home.


The Sheep Rock region of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument.


Freshly cut hay bales, long, sweeping turns and awesome, breath-taking views.


Small towns are infrequent but about every 50 miles or less. Here's Fossil, where I often stop for brekky. A 'Mudders' convention was in town. Naturally I assumed that meant a bevy of raised pickups with mud tyres all covered in debris. I was wrong. It's a group of hardy (and hard) folk who bushbash, run, swim through rivers, crawl over open ground and generally beat themselves up a bit in an endurance run. I saw young women with bigger arms than me and middle-aged men who looked like they had never stopped doing sit ups. I nibbled at my hearty country brekky and rode away making a promise to myself to eat less and exercise more. Pass me another beer, would ya!


A swayback piece of history at the side of the highway. Rural Oregon near where the Oregon Trail passed through. Think Conestogas piled high with the accumulated possessions of hardy folk; men walking alongside, longrifles slung low across their forearms, barefoot children, ladies in bonnets at the reins, and the nighttime circling of the wagons. All looking for a better life in the far West, Oregon country


Near Biggs Junction, Oregon.


Highway 14 rolls smoothly along up high and then down low next to the mighty Columbia River on the Washington side. This view is looking West towards Mt Hood in the distance.


Wineries and fruit orchards, windsurfing, skiing, mountaineering, railways and the meandering river which Lewis & Clark paddled down on their 1804-1806 trip. These are some of the varieties of industry and recreation in this region. It's an awesome place to ride through.

I covered about 2000+ miles (3200 kms) through Washington state and Oregon over the course of Thursday through Monday. The bike was flawless, as they quite often are, though it has covered 112,000 miles now (180,000 kms) and is nine years old. It returned great mileage and was comfortable to sit on for eight, nine hour days in the saddle. I added no oil to the sump.

If any of you mob wish to ride here I have a spare bedroom near Tacoma, Washington, and a secondhand bike for your riding pleasure. The best months of the year to ride here are May through late-October, although many mountain passes aren't open due to snow until as late as early July.

All of the photos shown here were taken by me on my four-year old cheapie HTC Android phone and filtered through Photoscape on my laptop.

I hope you've enjoyed the pictorial-travelogue.


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Lovely post with some great pics., bugger for that speed limit though, no wonder the Hardley is popular over there and where's the snowman pic?


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ungaas wrote:Lovely post with some great pics., bugger for that speed limit though, no wonder the Hardley is popular over there and where's the snowman pic?

Farm and county road speed limits are often 55 mph, for good reason; lots of livestock and wildlife to collide with, and sudden, decreasing radius curves with recommended limits of 30 and 35 mph (which we can ride through going 70 mph). State highway speed limits are usually 60 to 65, and 'Interstate' speed limits are 60 to 70 mph and beyond, dependent on where you are. I narrowed down the chicken strips on my Pilot Road IIIs considerably on this ride. There are far more curves than it would appear from my photos. Most drivers are humming along at fifteen over with impunity - too bad they've absolutely no clue which lane is for overtaking. They're worse than Aussies over here. There is no such thing as a designated and defined passing lane on American highways, to the average driver.

Only tourists attempt to make a snowman out of Spring melt ice crystals...


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wow ...some great pics and epic weekend trip ..

thanks mate ...awesome


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@charlie99 wrote:wow ...some great pics and epic weekend trip ..
thanks mate ...awesome

Chazza, when you need (who doesn't?) a holiday, get over here. Room, board and bike are covered. Premium petrol's about $4 per gallon, a cheap motel is well under fitty bucks, 'wilderness' camping is free in many places, a six pack of good stuff costs less than a tenner, and a basic restaurant meal, with tip, is often less than ten. And I don't mean Macca's.
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Fabulous trip for a well earned break Dazza! Once again you have made this armchair traveller itch for the open road! Thanks for bringing us along.

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Thanks for the ride Daz, great pics and pen as usual.

Sounds like you are staying longer non?

Tempting offer mate, couldn't throw in the air ticket as well, could ya?

At least we get to "see" that area through your eyes which is great 2nd best.


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Well someone has to make the sacrifice so if you all throw in $100 for my air fare then I will go over and make sure that TWB is telling us the truth and hasn't just photoshopped come crappy photos and is snowing us.
Just this week the offer stands for.


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Beaut photos TWB. I have friends in Portland who I visited in February. Lovely countryside and trying to convince them to add two wheels to the stable. We visited the BMW dealer and an independant, so still more work to do yet.


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I love reading about other peoples journies. And the pics make it so much better.

Thanks for the write-up.


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Wow. Need to get on the bike and go. Wow.


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dang ...what an offer dazza ..
those passes look amazing .
good to hear the chicken strips got a workout ....grin

took the "new boots " and "gloves" for a workout ...just to break them in of course, seems they are "keepers" ..
enjoy bloke !


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@TacKler wrote:Beaut photos TWB. I have friends in Portland who I visited in February. Lovely countryside and trying to convince them to add two wheels to the stable. We visited the BMW dealer and an independant, so still more work to do yet.

I wonder was it the Tigard dealer (BMW of Western Oregon), Cheshire Motorsports or Steve Prokop's out in Dundee? I helped open the Tigard shop in the Spring of '07. Nearly everyone from the original crew has left by now. We are selling genuine parts from up here in Seattle to the independents in Oregon, even the the City of Portland and the Oregon State Police as not many of them want to buy from the local dealer anymore.


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@RicK G wrote:Well someone has to make the sacrifice so if you all throw in $100 for my air fare then I will go over and make sure that TWB is telling us the truth and hasn't just photoshopped come crappy photos and is snowing us.
Just this week the offer stands for.

Airfares are round about $1200 - $1500 one way last time I looked, Rick. $100 might get you a cocktail in cattle class...
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@Ghost who rides wrote:Thanks for the ride Daz, great pics and pen as usual. Sounds like you are staying longer non?
Tempting offer mate, couldn't throw in the air ticket as well, could ya?
At least we get to "see" that area through your eyes which is great 2nd best.

I'll be home in October for a month-long spell at least, but as I have a nice house for two years, a job if I want it, and a stack of motorbikes to play with, I might linger a while...if the wet Winter weather is too much, the South West desert or Mexico isn't that far South.
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@Two Wheels Better wrote:
@RicK G wrote:Well someone has to make the sacrifice so if you all throw in $100 for my air fare then I will go over and make sure that TWB is telling us the truth and hasn't just photoshopped come crappy photos and is snowing us.
Just this week the offer stands for.

Airfares are round about $1200 - $1500 one way last time I looked, Rick. $100 might get you a cocktail in cattle class...
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Rick G....takin' one for the Auzzie team....awsome Razz


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Fantastic stuff mate just great, loved the excellent photos and your brilliant words, good on you and keep it coming, safe journeys to you.
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Between Morton & Randle, Washington. Mt Adams in the background. This time I'm on my '06 K1200R, loaded for a few nights camping.

Here I am, four years on from this original post, heading back to John Day, Oregon for the Chief Joseph rally - a Nez Perce warrior/leader who famously said "I will fight no more for ever" when the calvalry hunted his struggling band of women & children down as they attempted to flee their taken-over lands for the safety of Canada.

I've fitted a Power Commander V, map switch and Autotune (O2 sensor) to the K12R and needed a good shakedown run to sort it out and create some fuel maps. It'll need a dyno run to fine tune but for now the hunting low rpm steady state cruise has been eliminated, the throttle is more rheostat, less lightswitch. The mileage was poor (33 to 38 per US gallon, but that might be down to Power Commander's safety margin of 20% richness added everywhere with a publicly available map download, but also my injudicious use of the loud handle, the load, the lower octane gasoline available at higher altitudes (91 AKI, or about 95 RON), the altitudes reached, the average speed maintained, and the high speed attained. The corner exiting grunt this fine motor has is seductive, it pulls cleanly and effortlessly away from anything bar a Hayabusa, S1000RR, KTM Super Duke or the like. Not bad for a ten year old lump. I reckon we're now in the neighbourhood of 170+ crank HP in a 525 wet lb (238 kilo) machine. I rode onto a cattle weigh at the roadside and with me astride, camping gear strapped on, full tank of petrol it read 749 lbs (about 339 kilos).



With the Mt St Helens/Windy Ridge national forest road still closed due to last Winter's heavy snow, I took White Pass highway 12 to Naches, turned south at Cowiche, made it to Union Gap then headed towards Goldendale, Washington. Here the wind farms have sprouted even more offspring.


The hay and wheat fields from the other side of Mt Adams. Highway 97, Goldendale, WA. The forecast for the weekend was hot and getting hotter. On Friday it was a comfortable high 20's, by Sunday it'd topped at 37c. With zero rain predicted I wore my mesh riding jacket & gloves over armoured jeans. The K12 rips! On one 'lonely stretch' my Garmin Nav V said 151mph. Surprisingly, the bike's speedo only indicated 155. Can we trust the satellites? - All done off public highways, of course.


This view of snaking tarmac is the old-old highway 97 which is occasionally used as a bike/car road course (note the hay bales) known as the Maryhill Hill Climb.


Windfarms, wheat fields & wineries, along the Columbia River between Washington & Oregon.


Chief Joseph Rally, John Day, OR. At 5AM - average age guestimate 59 - this was a sea of log sawing. It was below 10c degrees that morning, going up to 35c+. About 400 attended. We are not getting any younger, collectively, us BMW riding rally goers. I met up with many old friends from my days in Portland, fifteen or sixteen years ago.


The sun rises over the hills above town. It was a dry, hot day with a million blowies and mozzies, with amazing views as far as the eye cared to see. The roads were fairly free of traffic for a Summer weekend, and I found myself on Saturday riding higher into the still snow-covered mounains.


Heading up a national forest road towards Magone Lake, I'd stopped for smoko and this was my view (No, for those who know me, I haven't taken up smoking).




Same road, wider view. Up here, the odd caravan or pickup (ute) passed by, but I mainly had the well-paved roads to myself.


Mangone Lake, a serene camping & fishing spot, about 20 miles up in the ponderosa pine forest, between John Day & Prairie City.


Cottonwoods line the John Day river, giving up some refreshing green to the otherwise dry high desert.


Lunch break with the locals at the bar in an old school diner in quaint, not too touristy Prairie City, OR.


Old Bow Ranch, Prairie City, OR.


Five horses standing round swatting blowies.


Above Prairie City there's a row of rugged, still snow-covered peaks reaching over 8000'. This gravel road goes to Strawberry.


A local club doin' a bit of cowboyin' at the county fairgrounds.


Cowboys bustin' cows, as they do (bloody Instagram takes the glow out of a piccie when you post it).


The sun rising over the canyon got my bones warm as the only riding jacket I brought was a mesh Spidi with a poly underlayer. I rode over several 3500' to 5000' mountain passes within the first hour heading home.


Highway 395 south of Ukiah, Oregon. I recommend this road. It was me, a few other rally-goers heading home, and coming the opposite way, a British car club with several tidy MGs, two pristine E-Type Jags, tops down in the early morning air, a fine-looking Sunbeam and a coupla three others I couldn't ID as they flashed past.




Overlooking Prosser, WA, a rich valley of orchards, cattle, vineyards and a river runs through it.

Back home now, three hot, sunny days, a thousand miles, a sweet running machine, plenty of fine roads, deer in abundance (as well as a skunk watching me pass from the roadside), old & new friends, and plans for more Summer rides to come. Which bike will I ride next time....


"Summertime, and the livin' is easy"



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I'll watch for you Daz. I'm currently in Detroit OR on the 22, heading into Troutdale for the night. Tomorrow a straight shot north up the I5 to the Great White North.


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@club_c wrote:I'll watch for you Daz. I'm currently in Detroit OR on the 22, heading into Troutdale for the night. Tomorrow a straight shot north up the I5 to the Great White North.
Clubbie, I'm not on the road anymore. I got home yesterday arvo, covering 400+ miles in eight hours, including Snoqualmie Pass in an Ellensburg to the Pass traffic jam. Were you at the rally? At least today it's ten degrees cooler for you!

I'll be in a white Audi A4 heading south on I-5 to work in Centralia tomorrow morning between eight and nine. Are you on your RT?


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Heading south on Saturday it was 40/104* in Seaside right in the ocean. Hats getting warm enough. Yes RT but a newer grey 06 with trunk box. I'll be breaking off to Enumclaw to a coffee with family so may not see you, but I'll keep my eyes open!


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No worries. Enumclaw is north and east of my departure point in Fife. Unless you take highway 12 off I-5 near Toledo, to Morton then 7 to Elbe, 161 to either Puyallup or the Kapowsin backroad through South Prairie to Enumscratch. Good roads, and beats I-5 Olympia & Tacoma commuter traffic in the AM.


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I managed to attend the Chief Joseph Rally this year. Pity I didn't meet up with you. I thought it was a fine weekend. The food was better than we've had in days past, the weather was warm but very tolerable, and the folks always friendly. That area is hard to beat for fine riding. The roads are well maintained and lightly traveled, so you can really enjoy being on two wheels. And speaking of wheels, I was amazed at how few K-bikes were there. I don't believe they numbered more than 5-6. I didn't help the situation either, as I rode my pretty-new-to-me Kawasaki Versys 650LT. The K100RS is too heavy for me to comfortably manage these days, so I found her a new home. It wasn't long before I began to doubt that decision though....
I wonder how much a naked K-bike weighs?

    

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